Below are 10 of the best quotes from conference call interviews with New Orleans Saints 2020 free agent signees.
1. Safety Malcolm Jenkins:
"New Orleans is family. I still have a place down there and my second daughter's middle name is NOLA because I love that place. I'm excited to be back in the community. My foundation has maintained our programs in New Orleans over the last six years. It feels like I'm coming back home."
2. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders:
"I've been a fan of Sean Payton and Drew Brees for a very long time. I've seen them do it at a high level for a very long time and I'm excited to join (the team). Obviously, being a receiver in this offense is something special. It reminds me of 2014 when I linked up with Peyton (Manning) and we were passing the ball, slinging the ball and it was a pass happy offense. I'm excited to get back into a system like this. Hopefully do what I did in 2014 when I had one of my best years."
3. Guard Andrus Peat:
"My intentions were always to come back to New Orleans. I've loved and enjoyed my time here. This is a first-class organization and a great locker room. I feel like we've been building something special over the past few years."
"...I think if anything with Will (Smith) passing, it just makes you appreciate the relationships you build in this game, especially from that team, that Super Bowl team, that kind of era. I'm still really tight with a bunch of those guys. I still have Will Smith's picture in my locker because you build relationships and they just let you know that life's short."
5. Fullback Michael Burton
"Just the locker room, the type of guys they have in there, the coaches. I have a great relationship with coach (Joe) Lombardi. He was my offensive coordinator when I was a rookie in Detroit my first year. Coach (Darren) Rizzi is a Rutgers guy, that's where I went to school. Coach Phil Galliano, the assistant special teams coach, coached me (at) Rutgers as well. Just a combination of the type of guys they bring into that locker room, type of coaches that they have and it's just being a very fullback-friendly offense."
6. Defensive tackle David Onyemata:
"It is a great division. It is definitely going to be a great competition going against those guys. Just being around Teddy (Bridgewater) and knowing what kind of person he is. It'll be great competing against those guys on the field."
7. Safety D.J. Swearinger:
"As soon as I got to New Orleans last year, I felt the culture, I felt the camaraderie."
"I'm just going to be me. I don't know exactly what my role will be on the team yet, but whatever it is I'm going to do the best that I can possibly do to my abilities. My objective is to be the best I can possibly be, be the best player that I can possibly be and just try to win games in anyway possibly, whether it's blocking, receiving, whatever they ask me to do I'm here to do it. I think ultimately the goal is to try to bring a Super Bowl to New Orleans and that's the reason I signed that deal, because I have a great chance at winning another Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints."
9. Defensive back Deatrick Nichols:
"You always want to stay ready, not get ready. That is my motto when things like that happen like just in case they say come up there tomorrow, I will be ready. Just stay ready. Don't get ready."
10. Defensive end Noah Spence:
"I guess I was just really attracted to the culture of the program. I have never been somewhere that was run and just felt the way it did over there. You can tell everybody wants to win and is not just there for just for money or anything like that. Everybody actually really loves the game, they love it there and it's a culture everybody wants to be in if they've seen it."